Android Vs iOS: Mobile Operating System Wars in 2010
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cost in contrast to iOS which was a proprietary operating system used only in Apple’s mobile devices. Even though iOS had the largest number of applications available for any mobile operating system, the number of applications available for Android was increasing due to greater freedom being given to the application developers. Rather than being limited to just smartphones, the competition between Android and iOS was extending to other devices like tablet computers as these two mobile operating systems were increasingly being used in such other portable computing devices. To take the competition forward, Google said that it was planning to introduce low cost Android powered smartphones in emerging markets like India and China. Industry observers noted that the stakes for both the companies were high as traditionally it had been observed that in such a fight, one platform dominated the market (for instance, Microsoft vs. Apple and IBM, eBay vs. Yahoo Auctions and Auction Universe, Google vs. Yahoo and Microsoft). They were watching closely to see which platform would eventually dominate the market and which company would have the last laugh.
» Critically analyze the mobile operating systems of Google and Apple.
Operating systems, Mobile operating systems, Open source software, Proprietary software, Differentiation, Competition, Strategy, Smartphone, Android, iOS, Apple, Google, Symbian, BlackBerry, Information technology
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